ATA’s P-20 educational program — Dearborn University Constorium Center

Established in 2009, the Dearborn University Consortium Center began offering college courses to the local community and Advanced Technology Academy students and faculty, through Davenport University and Lake Superior State University. Each university program is unique to the area and provides students with a competitive edge for today’s workforce.

Last year, the DUCC, through Lake Superior State University, launched a master’s degree program in curriculum and instruction for the faculty at the Academy.

The first course focused on strengthening the incorporation of the Ford PAS pillars into curriculum and classroom instruction. Employing the Ford PAS curricular philosophy allows teachers to move beyond traditional instructional methods by engaging students with project and inquiry-based lessons and applications for solving real world problems.

For the 2011-12 year, the second course will focus on the use of research-based reading strategies across multi-curricular areas. According to National Council of Teachers of English, 70 percent of daily instruction in all subject areas must be dedicated to reading informational text. As a result of aggressively investing in a master’s level curriculum for its faculty, the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement acknowledged and commended the academy on its dedication and commitment to providing high quality professional development opportunities for its teachers and paraprofessionals during its March 2011 Quality Assurance Review.

This year the DUCC will offer courses in baccalaureate programs through Davenport University in business and health care. In January, the DUCC will host courses for the completion of a criminal justice and homeland security degree.

If you are interested in pursuing a degree, enrolling in a course, or learning more about the Dearborn University Consortium Center, contact Hannah Jorgensen, regional site director, at hjorgensenducc@atafordpas.org or 313-625-4706.

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